. but in my book he is guilty of being a total dick
Ok, but that is a personal opinion. And as many of us carry weapons we are quite happy with the correct verdict. Can you imagine the chilling effect a guilty would have had on all Concealed Carry? If laying on your back getting beat is not enough reason to use the weapon, there is no reason to us it, you just have to get mashed or die. Stay out of those situations? How do you know how it played out? What insight do you have we don't? Why is Zimmerman a racist when Trayvon called him a creepy ass cracker and isn't a racist? You are displaying the same anti-gun reverse logic that the prosecution used, and lost.
Moral of the story.... don't assume the man asking why you are around private homes after dark is unarmed and has no rights. And educate yourself about the escalation of violence, as it changes his rights to use greater force. Trayvon made a fatal mistake. And would we be talking about this at all if Zimmerman was unarmed and was killed or severely beaten to the point of lifelong disability? NO
And they didn't even invoke the "Stand your ground law" as Trayvon prevented him from retreating. Watch the defense reaction after the verdict. I like the final thing they left the media with.